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The Wild Oats Project

byRobin Rinaldi

Hardcover | November 15, 2017

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What if for just one year you explored everything you’d wondered about sex but hadn’t tried?
            The project was simple: An attractive, successful magazine journalist, Robin Rinaldi, would move into a San Francisco apartment, join a dating site, and get laid. Never mind that she already owned a beautiful flat a few blocks away, that she was forty-four, or that she was married to a man she’d been in love with for eighteen years. What followed—a year of sex, heartbreak, and unexpected revelation—is the topic of this riveting memoir, The Wild Oats Project.
   An open marriage was never one of Rinaldi’s goals—her priority as she approached midlife was to start a family. But when her husband insisted on a vasectomy, she decided that she could remain married only on her own terms. If I can’t have children, she told herself, then I’m going to have lovers. During the week she would live alone, seduce men (and women), attend erotic workshops, and partake in wall-banging sex. On the weekends, she would go home and be a wife.
   At a time when the bestseller lists are topped by books about eroticism and the shifting roles of women, this brave memoir explores how our sexuality defines us—and it delivers the missing link: an everywoman’s account of sex. Combining the strong literary voice of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild with the adventurousness of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, LoveThe Wild Oats Project challenges our sensibilities and evokes the delicate balance between loving others and staying true to oneself.

Robin Rinaldi has worked for newspapers and magazines for fifteen years. She has been an executive editor at 7x7, a San Francisco lifestyle magazine, and written an award-winning food column for Philadelphia Weekly. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others. She lives in Los Angeles.
Title:The Wild Oats ProjectFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.52 × 5.77 × 1.05 inPublished:November 15, 2017Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385681054

ISBN - 13:9780385681056


Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Wild Oats Project I complete understood where Robin was coming from in writing this book. I did not always agree with her, but I got it - which is the entire reason I wanted to read the book. She can be selfish at times (but who isn't) and I do feel for her husband. Sometimes things just don't work out even with the best plans and that is no one's fault.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Wild Oats Project Having gone through through the process of separation and divorce myself, albeit for different reasons, I truly empathize with Rinaldo in her struggle to make sense of her self and the reality she created. I understand that to change on such fundamental levels requires resolve, bravery and nearly superhuman strength. It's tragic that for all of our professed freedoms society still judges so harshly those that take that leap, in a hypocritical labyrinth that boarders on the schizophrenic; making choices for us that rarely leave us healthier or happier. She is a very good writer and I look forward to future work from her.
Date published: 2015-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from erotic trash Some crocodile tears for the heartbreak caused, and will probably be a best sellerdue to the scenens of cunnilingus, lesbian love and phony finding oneself!
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Questionable I received this ARC/First Read through a GoodReads Giveaway. Thank you to the author for sending the book out so quickly. "The Wild Oats Project" is a memoir of Robin Rinaldi's experience of exploration of the feminine and her sexual self. Basically, she had an open marriage (sort-of) with her husband after a traumatic event. Giving herself permission to sleep with whoever she wants for a period of time, hoping to go back to her marriage when this "project" was finished. The author Robin Rinaldi ("RR"), shows a large amount of boldness and willingness to improve her life. Whether it be independence or learning to enjoy herself. RR told readers that you need to read the story before you judge her. I kept my opinions and comments to myself and decided to read this book with an open mind. I went from "I understand what shes doing" thoughts, straight to "she's being a selfish ass" for pulling Scott (husband) into this torturous open marriage idea. When RR must know he's not happy. How could RR not see that she would not go back to him? This is an obvious conclusion, considering how she has changed and how Scott has not. The book was "Okay" overall. Rather boring about half way through and did not get good again till the end.
Date published: 2015-03-17

Editorial Reviews

"Did I read the hell out of this book? You bet I did. . . . Rinaldi is skilled at writing about sex—she is shameless and honest. . . . She is an operatic, reckless narrator, which makes, of course, for great reading." —The Globe and Mail"The Wild Oats Project is bravely detailed. . . . it is likely her reasoning behind her project will hit a nerve with many of us, although we might not like to admit it." —The Independent (UK)"The Wild Oats Project is a roller-coaster . . . a fascinating ride. . . . [with] so many twists and turns. . . . [This] book is a good read." —Toronto Star"Get ready for The Wild Oats Project phenomenon. . . . A sexual-awakening romp wrapped in a female-empowerment narrative, a sort of Fifty Shades of Eat, Pray, Love. . . .  [this is] a book I see launching book-club conversations and plenty of pillow talk—not just about sex and marriage, but about the price and possibility of self-reinvention." —Washington Post "[The Wild Oats Project is] brutally honest and real. . . . refreshing." ―The Daily Beast